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nstitute of the Motor Industry (IMI) chief executive Steve Nash has been appointed trustee board chairman at Ben,
a Berkshire-based charity specialising
in support for motor industry workers. Former Volkswagen Group (UK) managing director Robin Woolcock has chaired the Ben trustee board for the past four years. He remains a trustee, now heading a committee in charge of the charity’s “health and wellbeing” division. Mr Nash has a long and distinguished motor industry career behind him,
much of it spent at the BMW group, which he joined in 1986. A string of promotions took him to group aftersales director before he joined the IMI as chief executive in 2012. “We are delighted that Steve has taken up the role as Ben’s chair,” says the organisation’s chief executive Zara Ross. “Steve is renowned for his strategic leadership, experience and depth of knowledge of the automotive industry. This will be invaluable as the sector embarks on a period of signi cant change. Steve will help Ben’s progress to the next level of its transformation. We would also like to give a warm welcome to our new board members: Sharon Ashcroft, Chris Thomas and Mark Outhwaite, and to Sarah Baylis, who joins our people and nominations committee. Each of them brings considerable knowledge and experience in their respective  elds and we very much look forward to working with them.”
Sharon Ashcroft is human resources director at TrustFord, Ford Motor Company’s wholly-owned dealer group. Chris Thomas is  nance director at
the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF), a London-based trade body representing motor industry sales and service businesses in England, Wales
and Northern Ireland. Those in Scotland are represented by the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA). Mark Outhwaite is a director at Outhentics Consulting, a Wiltshire-based management consultancy specialising in the health and social care sector.
Steve Nash
Sharon Ashcroft
Sarah Baylis is human resources boss at Thatcham Research, a big insurance company-funded research organisation based in Berkshire.
“I’m passionate about playing my part in Ben’s future by helping develop and indeed continue the charity’s success in supporting the people who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry with their health and wellbeing,” says Mr Nash.
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Chris Thomas
Mark Outhwaite

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